Early Childhood Unified Program

ECU Online Program

Degree, Certification and Endorsement offered in the ECU Online Program:

ECU Bachelor of Arts Online Degree

With the ECU BA degree, graduates will be able to teach children ages 0-5 in special education settings and ages 0-8 in regular education settings.

Students will have the opportunity to complete their Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Unified Teaching Endorsement (Birth through 3rd grade) while working in early childhood related places of employment.

Designed for those with college experience equivalent to an associates degree, including:

  • Head Start and Early Head Start program teachers
  • In-Service teachers, Assistant teachers and Paras in preschools or other early childhood settings
  • Students currently enrolled in a Community College Early Childhood program who wish to pursue a Bachelor's in Early Childhood, and are unable to attend regular face-to-face classes at a university.
  • Non-traditional students wanting to pursue a BA degree in Early Childhood who are unable to attend regular face-to-face classes at a university.
What are the prerequisites?
  • This is a degree completion program.  Most or all of the general studies course will be completed prior to transferring to UNK.
  • These courses must meet Academic Transfer program guidelines.
What support will I receive?
  • A degree audit will examine the courses already completed and will determine how many program hours will be needed to complete the degree.
  • UNK provides advising support for all students prior to transferring.
  • UNK works closely with the T.E.A.C.H early childhood scholarship program participants to provide support and information in order meet T.E.A.C.H. scholarship requirements
  • Students enrolled in the UNK program will receive advising and mentoring support throughout:
  • The course transfer process.
  • Admission to UNK
  • Admission to Teacher Education
  • Completion of coursework
  • Field experience
  • Student teaching or practicum.
  • Students have access to online video tutorials to orient them on how to take online course.
Other services include:
  • 24/7 library services, discounted software and hardware, an online bookstore, 24/7-technology help desk, and more.
  • Enrolled students have access to online PRAXI / PPST exam tutorials through the Testing and Education Reference Center (TERC).
How do I get started?
Request an Unofficial Audit of your Transcript/Course History

ECU Initial Certification

With the ECU Initial Certification Graduates will be able to teach children ages 0-5 in special education settings and ages 0-8 in regular education settings.

This program is offered in lieu of a second Bachelor’s degree. This endorsement prepares graduates to teach children ages 0-5 in special education settings and ages 0-8 in regular education settings.

A degree audit will examine the courses you have already completed toward the Initial Certification program and will determine how many of the program's 80 hours will be needed to complete the certification requirements.

Designed for those who have a Bachelor's degree in a non-teaching related field, including:

  • Head Start and Early Head Start program teachers
  • In-Service teachers, assistant teachers and Paras in preschools or other early childhood settings
What are the prerequisites?
  • The prerequisite for the online Early Childhood Unified Initial Certification is a completed Bachelors Degree in any field.
What support will I receive?
  • UNK provides advising support for all students prior to transferring.
  • UNK works closely with the T.E.A.C.H. early childhood scholarship program participants to provide support and information in order to meet T.E.A.C.Hscholarship requirements.
  • Students enrolled in the UNK program will receive advising and mentoring support throughout:
    • The course transfer process
    • Admission to UNK
    • Admission to Teacher Education
    • Completion of coursework
    • Field Experience
    • Student teaching or practicum
    • Students have access to online video tutorials to orient them on how to take online courses.
Other services include:
  • 24/7 library services, discounted software and hardware, an online bookstore, 24/7-technology help desk, and more.
  • Enrolled students have access to online PRAXI/PPST exam tutorials through the Testing and Education Reference Center (TERC).
How do I get started?

Request an Unofficial Audit of your Transcript/Course History

ECU Additional Endorsement

With the ECU Additional Endorsement:
Graduates will be able to teach children ages 0-5 in special education settings and ages 0-8 in regular education settings

The number of hours a participant needs in order to complete the degree is dependent upon the Teaching Endorsement that is currently held. Example: A participant with an Elementary Education endorsement generally needs to take 21 hours to complete the Additional Endorsement program.

Designed for those who have a Bachelor's degree with teaching certification in any area, including:

  • The Early Childhood Educator looking to obtain the Early Childhood Unified endorsement, and are unable to attend regular face-to-face classes at a university.
What are the prerequisites?
  • The prerequisite for the online Early Childhood Unified Additional Endorsement is a completed Bachelor's Degree and Teaching Certification in any discipline.
What support will I receive?
  • A degree audit will examine the courses already completed and will determine how many program hours will be needed to complete the endorsement.
  • UNK provides advising support for all students during and after enrolling in the program.
  • UNK works closely with the T.E.A.C.H. early childhood scholarship program participants to provide support and information in order to meet T.E.A.C.Hscholarship requirements.
  • Students enrolled in the UNK program will receive advising and mentoring support throughout:
    • Admission to UNK
    • Completion of coursework
    • Field experience or practicum
  • Students have access to online video tutorials to orient them on how to take online courses.
Other services include:
  • 24/7 library services, discounted software and hardware, an online bookstore, 24/7-technology help desk and more.
  • Enrolled students have access to online PRAXI/PPST exam tutorials through the Testing and Education Reference Center (TERC).
How do I get started?

Request an Unofficial Audit of your Transcript/Course History